Articles by Adriana Gomez Licon, Terry Spencer, Kelli Kennedy and Brendan Farrington

As Florida Virus Cases Spike, Officials Shut Down Bars

The state of Florida set on Saturday another record in daily confirmed coronavirus cases. Florida health officials reported more than 9,500 new COVID-19 cases, surpassing the previous day’s total by more than 600 confirmed cases. The figures come as officials …

Florida Restaurant Dining Banned by Governor; Casinos Closed

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis banned all onsite dining at restaurants statewide Friday and the Seminole Tribe closed its casinos, the latest virus -related closures affecting a state that is heavily dependent on tourism to pay its bills. The governor’s order …

Boiler Room Explosion at Florida Penthouse Injures 6

A penthouse boiler room exploded because of a gas leak Friday at a 33-story high-rise near Miami, injuring at least six people, fire officials said. The explosion happened around noon on the top floor of the Ch√Ęteau Beach Residences, a …

Florida Health Insurers File 2015 Rates

Eight insurance companies are raising the price of health plans and three are lowering them in Florida through the Affordable Care Act exchange, state insurance officials said this week. But whether some will pay more or less depends on a …

Florida Legislators Look to Expand, Regulate Telemedicine

The calls may come in the middle of the night and from hospitals more than an hour away. Someone is having a stroke and is en route an emergency room in the Florida Keys, but there aren’t any neurologists on …

Florida Tornado Damage Estimated at $5 Million

Seven homes were destroyed and more than 150 damaged by the tornado that struck a central Florida neighborhood Saturday, city officials said. The National Weather Service said the tornado had winds as high as 110 miles per hour and was …

Frustrated Insurance Brokers Say They Can Help Obamacare If Allowed

When insurance agent Kelly Fristoe recently spent 30 minutes helping a client pick a mid-level health plan and the federal marketplace website froze, he called the government’s hotline and tried to finish the application. But the operator refused to credit …

Confusion Still Major Hurdle in Florida for New Health Care Law

As federal health officials work around the clock to fix technology glitches plaguing the website where U.S. citizens can obtain health insurance under the new federal law, many Floridians still have little understanding of how the law works. Trained counselors …

Florida Insurers, Hospitals Findings Ways to Cut Costs

As health care costs rise in Florida, insurers and hospitals vested in the success of the Affordable Care Act, are coming up with new ways to cut costs from buying services in bulk and piloting programs to lowering hospital readmission …

Republicans Question Privacy Protections with Health Insurance Navigators

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has joined other Republicans lawmakers around the country in questioning privacy issues surrounding the navigators hired to walk people through their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. “What we do not know is how …